Pilgrimage to Bhutan with Dr. Robert Thurman with Robert A.F. Thurman, Brent Olsen, Tibet House US + Geographic Expeditions October 14th – October 27th, 2019
Bhutan redefines reality. In this tiny, remote, mountainous country, happiness is valued over profit, the national highway is barely wide enough for one car, everyday dress consists of brightly hued hand-woven textiles, and the king decides—with no prodding—that it’s best for the country to be a parliamentary democracy. While Bhutan is slowly adopting more modern ways, there’s a spellbinding sweetness to its slower pace, long-practiced traditions, stunning rugged topography, and warm people.
Join scholar and author Dr. Robert Thurman on this journey to the last remaining Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom: Bhutan. On our travels we explore sacred temples and monasteries, enjoy active day hikes, and take time for daily meditation and teaching with Dr. Thurman. Throughout the trip, we examine Bhutan’s unique cultural, religious, and environmental positions and its efforts at continuation and preservation. The trip is co-led by Brent Olson, former Director of Bhutan Programs at Geographic Expeditions. Brent has traveled to Bhutan more than 45 times in the last 27 years and is the ranking Western expert on the Himalayan Kingdom.
This unique spiritual tour in the Land of the Thunder Dragon offers an insightful window into Bhutan’s unique culture and ancient traditions. The exquisite dzongs and temples in the western Paro Valley are breathtaking. We witness an extraordinarily beautiful collection of forested valleys dotted with small monasteries, stone houses, and lively markets in Bumthang. We travel to Trongsa, home to a magnificent fortress and stunning views, and walk in the broad, glacier-carved Phobjikha Valley, where revered black-necked cranes winter. We visit the ancient capital of Punakha, hearing the legends that shaped the land, and explore the present-day capital of Thimphu. Finally, we cap off the trip with an exhilarating and inspiring hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest.
Most mornings we begin with a meditation. Each evening our leaders will provide an itinerary update and schedule for the following day. The sightseeing below may be amended based on any special activities we’re able to arrange. After being fully immersed in the country’s sanity and peace, we may arrive home to see our own reality in a new light.
For Full trip details & pricing please visit GeoEx Bhutan Trip.